Rating: 5.5 out of 10
First, an admission from me: I only decided to watch this movie because I watched the trailer, nothing unusual in that, but the trailer featured the actor Bryan Cranston, who I simply love and I think is superlative in every role he undertakes. In fact, he was featured so much that I thought, probably along with many others, that he would play the main character in the movie. On this assumption, I decided to watch Godzilla.
Spoiler Alert! He died. Again, nothing unusual in that, the main character of a movie often does not live to see the very end, or at least dies in the epic final scenes in one last dramatic twist. With Bryan Cranston's character in Godzilla, the latter of those two options is certainly not true. He dies 15 or so minutes into the movie. There is no resurrection, no flashback, no dramatic twist revealing that he never really died at all. He is simply dead, and there is hardly even a tear shed by his characters son, who, as it turns out, is the main character. This annoyed me extremely, as I was only watching the film to enjoy Bryan Cranston's fantastic acting, so perhaps I have been a little too harsh on the movie as a whole, but maybe this is justifiable.
Godzilla himself is somewhat sidelined in the movie, in favor of creatures called MUTOs, who feed off radiation. It is revealed that one of a pair of MUTOs caused the collapse of a nuclear power station that killed the wife of Bryan Cranston's character fifteen years ago. Upon returning to the site of the collapse, in the centre of a quarantine zone, supposedly due to the radiation released by the destruction of the nuclear reactor, Cranston's character and his son, Ford discover the MUTO in hibernation, surrounded by scientists studying the creature. The giant winged creature escapes, killing Cranston in the process. At the same time, another MUTO awakes in America, devastating the city of Las Vegas.
It appears that Godzilla hunts these creatures for food, and arises from the ocean to hunt. The MUTOs do take up a large proportion of the movie, but it is clear that the movie is heading toward a final epic showdown in San Francisco. In my opinion, the general lighting is too dim; it becomes increasingly hard to figure out what exactly is going on and who looks in the better position.
Overall, I was not massively enthralled by this film, but I may have been effected by the early departure of one of my favorite actors, however, the total effect of the dark lighting, the fact that the title character barely appears in most of the movie and the quite poor character development make this Godzilla reboot a very average movie.